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Epsom Downs and Walton on the Hill is a 5.3 mile loop trail located near Epsom, Surrey, England that features beautiful wild flowers and is rated as moderate. The trail is primarily used for hiking, walking, and running.

Length 5.3 mi Elevation gain 889 ft Route type Loop
Kid friendly Hiking Walking Running Wild flowers Wildlife Pub walk
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Getting There

A circular walk through Epsom and Walton Downs, the chalk downlands which form part of the North Downs in Surrey. The route starts from Epsom Downs Racecourse, home to The Derby, and heads south through Walton Downs to reach the pretty village of Walton on the Hill. Here, about half way round, there are a couple of pubs and a cafe, the perfect place for lunch and/or a pint. The walk returns back through woodland bridleways and open downland paths. There are great views throughout and on a clear day much of London and Surrey is visible. The walk has a few steady climbs and descents throughout and, whilst most of the paths are well made, some of the chalk bridleways can become muddy/slippery after wet weather. There are no stiles and just one single gate. The racecourse is open throughout the year but there are restrictions on race days so it is best to avoid these times. Dogs are welcome as long as they are under control and on leads while horses are being trained (follow the guidance on the signs within the course). Approximate time 2 to 2.5 hours.

The walk starts from the large open car park which is at the roundabout junction between Tattenham Corner Road (B290) and Old London Road, just south of Epsom in Surrey. Approximate post code KT18 5NY. Tattenham Corner rail station is a short walk from the start point.

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Kevin Yuen
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Charlotte Preston
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a lovely walk, wel directed.

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Brydie Boulton
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Nice walk. Picturesque village. Quite a chunk of the walk was single file down a closed off path which was a let down for us but otherwise a good walk.

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Ken Y
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murtuza bhatia
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Paul Ingvarsson
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Karen Pack
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Very easy walk. A mixture of open fields, bridle paths and a walk through Walton on the hill. Pleasant walk and you never feel too far from civilisation. If you are a fast walker you can complete this walk much quicker than the guide time.

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Charlie Kearsey
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Loved it Took 2hr and 14 minutes for me (12) and my dad (45) to complete We will definitely be doing it again soon

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Lucy Harley
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a regular favourite now. great length circular walk through some pretty scenery. not too much road noise.

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Enver S.C
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A nice start walking past (and through!!) Epsom Racecourse. There are a lot of the narrow and tree-lined paths on the route so you don't really get to see too much scenery. Walton on the Hill is a good pit stop... coffee shop, pond and a couple of pubs- (the Bell pub is practically in the forest). Overall, ok for a (mostly) secluded and steady walk.

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Darren Dye
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Is trail was ok, there isn’t that much to see, the hole wall is on roads & concrete paths. Fitness wise the first 2/3 is up a very slight incline and you can feel it keeps your pulse that little higher than normal

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Junaid Masood
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Great hike, lovely scenery , not too strenuous

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Elena Gil
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Loved the downs and the gallops. Mix of woods and fields. Lovely lillas fields.

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John Johnstone
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Walking

Great walk for an afternoon across one of England classic racecourses. On the surface this appears to be an easy trail however when you get to the incline up to Walton on the Hill it gets just a little tougher especially since the middle of the path is missing due to heavy rainfall running down the path. You are rewarded however at the top you can choose from the two pubs (when open) The Fox and Hounds or The Bell. My timing was good as the footpaths up and down had been strimmed for heavy plant growth. It is important to note that the Old London Road car park (start point) is open again.

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lucas searle
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A good trail. If only the pub was open at the half way point. Lovely walk

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Karine Bernard
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Amazing. One of the beats in Surrey so far!! Loved the coffee and cake break on Walton on hill half way to the end of the loop.

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samuel Baker
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Nice trail, great place to stop at the pond for lunch then continue back to the hill. Some narrow parts but lots of passing points

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Paula Pardoe
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Walking

Lovely walk- the car park is currently closed so park on the road just prior. Many people at start, but soon thinned our within 10 minutes or so. Great views over the downs. The Bell pub looks like a gorgeous stop when it’s open again, pub in a forest!

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Garnet Mackinder
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This walk took us just under 2 hours. We went on a nice, hot day, some areas of shade, some out in the sun. Lots of different terrains and fun walking on the racecourse! A short bit on the road through Walton, but perfect place to get an ice cream! Lovely pub on the way too but was unfortunately closed due to Covid-19, would love to do this walk when it will be open again. Highly recommend!

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gail lumber
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Walking

Lovely walk on my own, beautiful views and able to let the dog off the lead for most of the walk. clear directions that meant I could start mid route and easily follow the map.

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Bryony Ashcroft
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Nice little walk. Lots of horses and dogs on route. Not too muddy even with all the December rain. Easy paths and gentle hills.

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Kevin Daken
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Jonathon Bartle
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A very pleasant walk, albeit initially in the rain. I walked with my dog who had a thoroughly enjoyable time with plenty of opportunities to run around. Nevertheless dog-walkers should be aware that there are many points where there are horses (eg the racecourse and fields adjacent to the path). In fact, there are requests to keep dogs on leads at certain times - see my photo. Some paths had encroaching nettles but they were easily avoided. I just did the walk in one ramble, hardly stopping, but there were several inviting places in Walton on the Hill for a break if you want - next time I'll take my wallet!

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Hamish Hamish
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A great route for our first time out with the app. In Walton on the Hill there is a great pie and mash cafe ‘Pistols Kitchen’ on the left just after the Fox & Hounds where they make fresh pies every day. Once they get their alcohol licence it will make an excellent stop for a pie and a pint! They don’t allow dogs inside but there is covered seating outside and blankets for cold days. The Bell just after the village pond is dog friendly.

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David Cullen
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A great walk on a sunny day, with a good bun half way. What's not to like!

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Russell Russell
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A nice walk through some lovely countryside although you do get the constant drone of the nearby M25 Some of the path is quite overgrown in , particularly on the return loop from Walton on the hill but is still passable. All in all an enjoyable afternoons walk

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Peter Peter
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Enjoyed the walk apart from the 500m or so along Ebisham Lane coming into Walton on the Hill as we had a dog and the road was quite busy with no verge or pavement - very dicey. Also thought it deserves 3 boots for the difficulty level as there are numerous quite steep slopes. Enjoyable but not a favourite.

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Jacqui Rios
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Jez Francis
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Adrian Booth
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